Engineer - Comity
To be eligible for licensure by comity in Nebraska you must have:
- Graduated from an EAC/ABET-accredited engineering program OR met the NCEES Engineering Education Standard;
- To determine if your program is EAC/ABET-accredited, search ABET’s database of accredited programs. If your program is not EAC/ABET-accredited, you must have your education evaluated by NCEES Credentials Evaluations to determine if it meets the NCEES Engineering Education Standard. Their report must be submitted directly to the Board, and any deficiencies identified must be corrected or removed by the Board. For more information on correcting deficiencies, refer to Rule 2.2.5 of the Board's Rules and Regulations (Title 110, NAC).
- Note: If your degree is in engineering technology only, it has been the Board's experience these degrees typically do not meet the NCEES Engineering Education Standard due to a deficiency in engineering sciences and design. In addition, NCEES will only conduct evaluations where the applicant has graduated from:
- A Foreign (non-U.S.) engineering degree program; or
- A US-based, non-EAC/ABET-accredited degree program in engineering, engineering technology, related science, or mathematics only when coupled with a master's degree or doctorate from a program that is EAC/ABET-accredited at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- Passed of both the FE and PE exams;
- Be licensed in good standing in at least one other jurisdiction recognized by the Board; and
- Four years of engineering experience between graduation and the Nebraska license application;
- If an applicant does not have an EAC/ABET-accredited degree and/or has not passed both the FE and PE exams, they may qualify for comity licensure if they have a minimum of fifteen years of licensed experience in good standing.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit all required applications, documents, and fees to the Board.
- Complete and submit the Engineer License Application either online or by paper along with the applicable filing fee;
- Have verification of your exam(s) passage, including the discipline of your PE exam, and current license sent directly to the Nebraska board from the issuing jurisdiction(s). The license verification may be able to be submitted electronically. If not, a paper verification can be found here; and
- If the licensing jurisdiction does not license by discipline or have record of the PE exam discipline, verification of discipline of practice may be provided by the affidavit of an individual with knowledge of the applicant’s discipline of practice.
- The affidavit cannot be used to verify practice in the structural discipline. An applicant must have taken sixteen hours of structural exams or have been licensed as a Professional Structural Engineer (not just a Professional Engineer practicing in the structural discipline) for at least fifteen years in order to qualify for a structural license.
- Have official verification of graduation from an EAC/ABET-accredited engineering program sent directly to the Nebraska board from the granting institution. If you do not hold an EAC/ABET-accredited degree, have NCEES Credentials Evaluation send a copy of their report directly to the Nebraska Board.
- Upon receipt of your application, an exam on the Nebraska E&A Act and Board’s Rules and Regulations will be sent to you. This must be successfully passed and sent back to the Board prior to your license being issued.
Any information requested on the application with respect to education, experience, or references may be provided by submitting an NCEES Council Record.
Once all the above has been received, your application will be reviewed. If you hold a Model Law Engineer (MLE) NCEES council record and there are no issues (i.e. disciplinary actions) that the Board must review first, you may be issued a license administratively by the Board staff contingent on formal Board approval. All others must go to the Board for its review and approval prior to the license being issued.
- A conditional license may be withdrawn by the Board if it determines the applicant does not qualify for any reason.
- In the event the Board fails to give formal approval of a conditional license, the license will expire at 11:59 pm on the date the licensee is notified of such Board action.
- Professional engineering services performed pursuant to a conditional license that is subsequently withdrawn by the Board will be deemed to have been performed pursuant to a valid license.
In Nebraska, licenses are discipline-specific based on the PE exam discipline. However, licensees can practice in – and seal documents related to – any discipline of engineering in which the individual has the training, education, and experience.
If you have any questions about comity licensure for engineers, please contact us.